Category Archives: Authors

India’s Hasimara During the Doka La Standoff

Last week we looked at the Gonggar civil-military airfield, one of China’s closest to the Doka La standoff. In this post, we’ll look at India’s Hasimara, an airbase in West Bengal about 80km southeast of the crisis. Recent commercial imagery … Continue reading

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Gonggar During the Doka La Standoff

As the standoff between China and India continues at Doka La, we’ve been monitoring regional airbases on both sides of the border. Recent commercial imagery acquired in July of Gonggar continues to show the ongoing deployment of the PLAAF’s Shenyang J-11 … Continue reading

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A Turkish attack on Afrin could spark a full-fledged war in Northern Syria

by Paul Iddon. Unlike the other three Kurdish regions in the Middle East, Syrian Kurdistan (known among Kurds as West Kurdistan, or Rojava) is not contiguous. The ruling authorities in Syria over the years attempted to keep the Kurds divided … Continue reading

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Monitoring Economic Indicators from 500 Kilometers Up: Egyptian Oil and Gas Terminals

by Chris Biggers. This article was first published at Planet Stories. Ain Sokhna Port, south of the Suez Canal. Image ©2017 Planet Labs, Inc. Left: Jun 2017 / Right: Feb 2016 From space, satellites monitor the movement of commodities that … Continue reading

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Ethiopian Security Strategy: Upgrades Overdue

by Paul Pryce. With degrees in political science from both sides of the pond, Paul Pryce has previously worked as Senior Research Fellow for the Atlantic Council of Canada’s Canadian Armed Forces program, as a Research Fellow for the OSCE … Continue reading

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Women’s rights in Yemen

by Austin Michael Bodetti. He is a student in the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program at Boston College. He focuses on the relationship between Islam and conflict in Syria and Sudan. Nisma Mansoor likes to watch “Game of Thrones” and wear … Continue reading

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The significance of Iran’s missile attack on Syria

by Paul Iddon On the night of June 18 Iran fired six long range missiles from its western provinces at Islamic State (ISIS) to the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor in retaliation for the June 7 terrorist attacks in … Continue reading

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Unrealistic demands on Qatar reveal the real reasons behind the blockade

by Patrick Truffer (originally published in German). He has been working in the Swiss Army for more than 15 years, holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH Zurich), and a … Continue reading

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China’s Liaoning Departs Qingdao

China’s aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, has departed its home port of Qingdao, recent imagery acquired by Planet confirms. China’s Ministry of Defense said the carrier would conduct routine training while also making a two-day port call in Hong Kong. This … Continue reading

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The Drone Revolution Revisited

by Dan Gettinger and Arthur Holland Michel. Both are co-directors of the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College. In September 2016, the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College released a 45 page … Continue reading

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